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The AFP provides 16 major news services, which are verified and broadcast in real time.

Thanks to its international network and editorial expertise, the AFP is able to provide high quality text services to press, audiovisual, mobile and online news professionals.

Luis Suarez scores first Barcelona goal

Luis Suarez finally registered his first Barcelona goal since a club record move from Liverpool in July with a brilliant solo effort to open the scoring away to APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League on Tuesday.

  1. 5.000
    dispatches, 1.250 as illustrated articles, per day
  2. 6
    major languages

    French, English, Spanish, Arabic, German, Portuguese

  3. 23

    Stories delivered in XML format Metadata for optimal integration.

5000 dispatches, 1250 as illustrated articles, per day, 6 majors languages

The AFP’s text services provide everything from breaking news to features, reports, interviews and profiles.

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All news categories are covered, with a particular focus on politics, economics, sport and social issues.

All stories are subject to our rigorous rules on verification, contextualisation and perspective.

AFP journalists on the ground in France and around the world, at times of war and peace, constantly strive to meet the expectations of news professionals in terms of speed and reliability.



Each and everyday, an average of :

French: 1.500 stories
English: 700 stories
Spanish: 400 stories
Arabic: 250 stories
Deutsch: 200 stories
Portuguese: 150 stories


Coverage which is both regional and international

AFP covers both international and regional news. This is why every text service has its own specific regional identity combining world news and news from the continent and area where it is based. Find out more
AFP’s text services regularly publish editorial calendars and memos that enable our customers to plan news coverage. Regional agendas list major events scheduled to take place the following day, week and month. Detailed regional coverage forecasts are also updated and made available several times per day.
AFP’s network is present in 150 countries throughout the world. The Agency has some 2,200 employees, of 80 different nationalities who keep constant watch on developments, from a multicultural perspective. The responsiveness of the Agency’s network means that teams can be moved quickly to global hotspots.

AFP’s text products can be used either via access to the complete content of one or more services, or via a category based selection in one or more languages, according to client needs.

AFP’s text services are covered by a global news reporting policy, which also includes the photo, video, graphics and multimedia services.

Thousands of customers all over the world use AFP’s text services on a daily basis to meet their various needs:

  • News professionals
  • Suppliers and integrators of mobile and multimedia services
  • Companies and Institutions
  • Public screen network operators
  • Available languages: French, English, Spanish, Arabic, German, Portuguese
  • Metadata: keywords, IPTC, financial codes. All AFP stories contain themed keywords describing the key news points, along with IPTC tag names. Stories covering listed companies include the company’s stock market value code.
  • Availability: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Disseminated: internationally.
  • Delivery: satellite, FTP, download site
  • Technical formats: NewsML-G2, IIM, NewsML-1.1, ANPA
  • 25/11/2014 21:05

    Tesco shareholders sue over profits overstatement

    Tesco shareholders are to sue the British supermarket giant for compensation after the revelation of profit overstatements sent its stock tumbling, a London law firm said on Tuesday.

  • 25/11/2014 18:40

    London FTSE closes flat

    London stocks closed almost flat on Tuesday, held back by disappointing figures from the corporate sector.

  • 25/11/2014 15:26

    Rare early Shakespeare compilation found in French library

    A copy of William Shakespeare's First Folio, the first-ever compilation of the Bard's plays published in 1623, has been discovered in the library of a small town in northern France, a librarian said Tuesday.

  • 25/11/2014 13:39

    UK lawmakers cancel visit to China after visa ban

    A group of British lawmakers cancelled a visit to China on Tuesday after one MP who defended Hong Kong's autonomy was not granted a visa, the Guardian newspaper and British and Chinese officials said.

  • 25/11/2014 13:22

    UK spy agencies 'could not have prevented' Lee Rigby killing

    A parliamentary report into the murder by Muslim extremists of a British soldier in London last year pointed Tuesday to intelligence failures but said the security services could not have prevented the attack.

  • 25/11/2014 21:37

    Luis Suarez scores first Barcelona goal

    Luis Suarez finally registered his first Barcelona goal since a club record move from Liverpool in July with a brilliant solo effort to open the scoring away to APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League on Tuesday.

  • 25/11/2014 21:13

    Ireland's Henry has heart surgery

    Ireland flanker Chris Henry has undergone a procedure to repair a defect in his heart wall, the Irish Rugby Football Union announced Tuesday

  • 25/11/2014 20:54

    Totti's Roma foiled by Berezutsky's late late show for CSKA

    Vasily Berezutsky's equaliser deep in injury time earned CSKA Moscow an unlikely 1-1 draw with Roma on Tuesday after Francesco Totti enhanced his standing as the Champions League's oldest goalscorer.

  • 25/11/2014 17:35

    Toulon sign Pumas hooker as medical cover

    European champions Toulon announced Tuesday the signing of Argentina hooker Matias Cortese as medical cover for injured South African Craig Burden.

  • 25/11/2014 15:11

    Ainslie urges fans to back America's Cup events

    British sailing great Ben Ainslie has told sports fans to expect an "experience like you have never seen before" after it was announced Tuesday that Portsmouth would stage two of the preparation races for the 2017 America's Cup.